So here you are, seven chapters into Doing Feminist Research. We have given you a lot to think about — ethics, mapping, question, theory, constraints! It is amazing anyone ever gets started let alone finishes a feminist research project. But we do. We start, we finish, and we hand in or even publish our analysis. And you are wondering when you can begin to conduct actual research. The answer is, “not yet.” Before you can start gathering data, you need a research design that will enable you to gather and analyze those data necessary to answer your question. Your research design needs to be clear to you, so that you know what to do when. Your research design needs to be clear to others so that they can find your conclusions credible and, if they are inspired by your work, so that they can be inspired to further your research agenda, not only by exploring related questions with similar methods, but also by exploring similar questions using different methodologies.
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